Monday, January 19, 2009

+++ Spelman Demoted to Old Local Government Job +++

New to the Shadow Cabinet:

  • The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP
    Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

  • Mark Francois MP
    Shadow Minister for Europe

New Shadow Cabinet responsibilities:

  • Alan Duncan MP
    Shadow Leader of the House of Commons

  • Chris Grayling MP
    Shadow Home Secretary
  • The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP
    Shadow Secretary of State for Justice
  • Nick Herbert MP
    Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
    Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Shadow Minister for Women
  • Eric Pickles MP
    Chairman of the Conservative Party

Headbangers Explode Over Return of "Jurassic Clarke"

This didn’t take long – the Bruges Group‘s Barry Legg says;

“This effectively means the end of David Cameron’s promise to hold a referendum on the EU Constitution… it is now clear that Mr Cameron does not have the will to carry the necessary legislation … if the Conservative Party were elected to office. Mr Clarke and his supporters within the Conservative Party have been given carte blanch to oppose the policy. The so-called ‘big beast’ has trampled all over Mr Cameron as the price of his return to the Conservative front bench.”

The press release is a bit of a non-sequitur, since it is Clarke who has to change policy, or at least not disavow the settled Tory policy. Guido suspects that Clarke will try to restrain himself until the General Election. In government however…

UPDATE : In his acceptance statement Ken does indeed bend the knee to Dave on Europe: “Some may raise questions about my views on Europe. They are well-known. But I accept that the Party has come to a settled view on European matters, and I will not oppose the direction David will set on European policies in the future.”

Jonah Brown Jinxes Spurs

The Prime Mentalist saw team manager Harry Redknapp on a visit to Tottenham Hotspur on Friday. A mere 24 hours later on Saturday, Spurs went bottom of the Premier league. Doomed…

The effects of the curse were as malign as ever. Tottenham captain Ledley King (pictured) was stretchered off the pitch on Sunday. He is set for a lengthy injury lay-off after tearing a hamstring during the 1-1 draw against Portsmouth at White Hart Lane on Sunday. Redknapp says “Ledley King has a torn hamstring and is going to be out long term”. Beware the malign hand of the accursed One Eyed Son of the Manse…

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

Saturday, January 17, 2009

+++ Tories Take 13 Point Lead +++

Unlucky for Gordon:

Con : 45
Lab : 32
Lib : 14

YouGov Sunday Times whisper number from reliable source.

UPDATE 19.19 : Press Association has just caught up.

The Labour favouring ComRes pollsters also reflect the shift in the Indy:

Conservatives – 41% (+2)
Labour – 32% (-2)
Lib Dems – 15% (-1)

Friday, January 16, 2009

Barclays Shares Down 25%

Most of the losses occurred in the last hour of trading. The City is awash with rumours as to why. With the Treasury looking at a second round of bank bail-outs it looks like the taxpayer is going to need a lot of lube for another big shafting. Admittedly it could just be an old-fashioned bear ambush now shorting financial stocks is permitted again…

*Guido covered his gilt short anyway, when fear grips the markets government bonds tend to rally. Will short gilts again later…

Friday Caption Competition

If They Have Nothing to Hide, They Have Nothing to Fear

Whatever your views as to the rights and wrongs of another runway at Heathrow, Guido can see no reason why it should not be discussed in parliament. John McDonnell’s constituency will be blighted by the project, schools will be closed, green acres will be lost, homes will be demolished.

These pictures of McDonnell picking up the mace were not originally* broadcast and have come out from the raw video feed – much to the annoyance of the parliamentary authorities. Why the parliamentary authorities think it is up to them to censor what the people see going on in their parliament is beyond Guido. They work for you, the workings of parliament are not for them to reveal when they choose, it is the right of the people in a democracy to see into the democratic forum. An open democracy does not hide its workings from the voters.

Elsewhere the parliamentary authorities are suppressing full disclosure of MPs expenses. Jacqui Smith has (without reference to parliament) given herself the right to read Guido’s email without a warrant, yet MPs in contrast are changing the Freedom of Information laws to allow them to obscure our view of their petty fiddles. There is no other credible explanation. They claim that it would be too expensive to account for all expenditure – try putting that on your tax return. Some MPs are taking it upon themselves to voluntarily publish ALL their expenses, some will not, draw your own conclusions. If they have done nothing wrong, they have nothing to hide…

*Guido stands corrected. It appears that the BBC has (online at least) put the video up. There was a row yersterday because under the terms of the contract drawn up by MPs the BBC is not supposed to broadcast this type of disruption.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Totty Watch : "I’m Babz, Fly Me"

A press release arrives from Conservatives for International Travel:

TORY GRASSROOTS GROUP APPLAUDS HEATHROW DECISION

Conservatives for International Travel, the grassroots group that supports keeping the cost of flights as low as possible, today applauded the decision by the Prime Minister to go ahead with a third runway at Heathrow...

It is a great victory for the campaign and all credit to Babz Normille, the campaign director.

She can give up the modelling career and focus on lobbying media luminaries…

Lebedev Won’t Be the First KGB Agent to Own a British Newspaper

Guido is not referring to the Soviet-backed Communist paper the Morning Star, but to the former Daily Mirror owner, Labour MP, socialist plutocrat, pension Labour Party donor, thief and long term Soviet asset: Robert Maxwell.

That incidentally is not a crazy internet conspiracy theory, it was the judgement of the intelligence services and the Foreign Office’s counter-subversion department according to documents released to the National Archive in 2003. Maxwell was the recipient of many honours from Soviet Bloc regimes for his work for “peace” and business dealings in Eastern Europe. Alistair Campbell loved him.


Seen Elsewhere

Labour Beats UKIP in South Yorkshire | LabourList
Mock the Week’s Weak Comedy | Nigel Farage
Can Jim Murphy Save Scottish Labour? | Guardian
There is Still Appetite for the Westminster Lunch | Jon Craig
Labour Turn Their Backs on Jewish Community | Dan Hodges
Chivalry is Not Dead | Laura Perrins
Jonathan Jones is a Tw*t | Iain Dale
Second Scotland Poll Suggests Labour Wipeout | Times
Paedo Probe Boss Urged to Quit | Sun
Keynesian Tories Won’t Eliminate Deficit | Tim Montgomerie
Whitehall Doesn’t Work | Dom Cummings


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